An old fashioned Mystic Meg

Slot machine at the Mechanical Memories Museum, Brighton seafront
Photograph by Anne Fortis

“I came down to Brighton for the weekend to see my cousin, who lived in Kemptown, and took my camera, and went down the sea-front. Usually the best way for me to take photos is just to go and explore – with a fresh mind, like a blank canvas.

I found the penny arcade, and saw this machine. It looked like an old-fashioned mystic Meg, a big kitsch, a bit OTT and funfair-ish, but because I was fascinated by it I took a whole role of film – people thought I was barmy! When you put your money in you get a card – you put in your date of birth, and you get a funny message.

The penny arcade is on the seafront as you go past the arches, along from the artists’ galleries. I took the photo over three years ago, and I’m not sure if the machine is still there. I included the photo in my Final Photography Project, for my BTEC National Diploma in Design (Photography) course.”

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